CMs should be consulted before Governor`s appointment: Advani
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Last Updated: Friday, July 23, 2010, 21:51
New Delhi: Most problems related to Centre-State relations could be solved if Governors are appointed in consultations with Chief Ministers, senior BJP leader L K Advani on Friday said and slammed the Congress for not taking states into confidence in the process.

"Consultations with Chief Ministers while appointing Governors solves a lot of problems... the Sarkaria Commission report also points that selection (of a Governor) should be made on correct principles to ensure that the right type of person gets the post," Advani said.

He claimed that during the NDA rule, Governors were appointed in consultation with the Chief Ministers.

"There was no exception... practically not one Governor was appointed without consulting the Chief Minister concerned," he said.

The senior BJP leader was speaking during a seminar 'Role of Governor in contemporary scenario - Can the media help raise awareness?'

Attacking Congress, the BJP Parliamentary Party Chairman said now CMs are "merely informed" about the appointment. "There is no question of consultation," he charged.

The former deputy Prime Minister said during previous Congress tenures, since most of the state governments too were governed by the same party, the governors were appointed without consultation.

"Perhaps this the reason behind the figures given by Gen S K Sinha on removal of Governors," he said indicating the differences between CMs and the Governors in some states.

Former Assam and Jammu and Kashmir Governor Gen Sinha said during the seminar that between 1967 and 1986, 298 governors were appointed but only 18 could serve their complete term.

He said the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru had supported the idea of consulting states while appointing Governors during a meeting of the Constituent Assembly.

Advani termed the Sarkaria Commission report as the best document detailing the Centre-State relations and the role of Governors.

"While the Constitution clearly indicates the role of the Governor, the Commission report gives out the best description," he said.

The BJP veteran said the Inter-State Council as envisaged under Article 263 of the Constitution could help solve differences between the states and the Centre.

"Though the Constitution was adopted in 1950, the Council came into being only in 1990... for 20 years it has met only on 10 occasions... it did not meet even once in the last five years (of UPA rule). But we ensured that it met four times during NDA rule," he claimed.

He further claimed that the feedback and opinion received by the Sarkaria Commission from a cross section of society suggested that "discarded and disgruntled politicians from the party in power in the Union who could not be accommodated elsewhere are appointed as Governors.

"Therefore, persons in office tend to function as agents of government rather than work as impartial authority," he added.

He said it was Gen Sinha who suggested holding such a seminar against the backdrop of the "situation in Karnataka".

In his address, Gen Sinha said politicians were playing "musical chair" between governorship, chief ministership and being Union Ministers.

Gen Ajai Singh, former Assam Governor said either the "right person" should be made Governor or the system should be abolished.

Former Tripura and Chhattisgarh Governor, Gen K M Seth, said the trend of appointing "discarded politicians" as governors should be checked.


First Published: Friday, July 23, 2010, 21:51

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